Dror Abend-David graduated with a doctorate in Comparative Literature from New York University in spring 2001. His book, 'Scorned my Nation:' A Comparison of Translations of The Merchant of Venice into German, Hebrew, and Yiddish was published in March 2003 by Peter Lang. Dror has also published a number of articles about modern poetry and drama, cultural studies and translation theory. He has taught at Bilkent University (Turkey), Wellesley College (U.S.), Achva College (Israel) and is currently teaching in the Department of English Literature and Humanities at Eastern Mediterranean University in Northern Cyprus.
Frances Payne Adler
Frances Payne Adler is the author of five books: two poetry collections, The Making of a Matriot (Red Hen Press, 2003) and Raising The Tents (Calyx Books, 1993); and three collaborative poetry-photography books and exhibitions with photographer Kira Carrillo Corser. Adler's poems and prose have appeared in Poetry International, Women's Review of Books, The Progressive, Bridges, Ms. Magazine, and Calyx, among others. Her awards include a California State Senate Award for Artistic and Social Collaboration, and a National Endowment for the Arts regional award. Adler is the founder and director of the Creative Writing and Social Action Program at California State University Monterey Bay. [End Page 162]
Dvora Amir, born in Jerusalem in 1948, is a graduate of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where she studied literature, Jewish philosophy and Kabbalah. Amir also studied American literature at the University of Illinois. Amir is the author of Slow Burning (1994) and Documentary Poems (2003), and her poems have appeared in numerous journals and magazines. Amir is a 2006 recipient of the Prime Minister's Award for Hebrew Writers and the 1995 Kugel Award for Fine Literature.
Rachel Tzivia Back
Rachel Tzvia Back has lived in Israel for the last 26 years. Her translations of Hebrew poetry have appeared in various journals and anthologies, including The Defiant Muse: Hebrew Feminist Poetry from Antiquity to the Present (The Feminist Press). Her translations of the poetry of Lea Goldberg were published in Lea Goldberg: Selected Poetry and Drama (Toby Press) and were awarded a 2005 PEN Translation grant. Her own poetry collections are Azimuth (Sheep Meadow Press), The Buffalo Poems (Duration Press), and the forthcoming On Ruins & Return: Poems 1999-2005. Back teaches at Oranim College and Bar-Ilan University. She is the mother of three children, and lives in the Galilee, in the north of Israel.
Elaine Batcher credits her grandmother, Adele Kotler, with introducing her to the world of ideas, at the Friday night dinners of her childhood. Elaine has a doctorate from the University of Toronto and has written education theory, women's studies, fiction and poetry. She passed the family heritage of religious and political traditions on to her own children and hopes they will do the same. She lives in Toronto.
Miriam Budner has published her stories in various literary journals, and is now working on a novel about Spanish Civil War veterans. She has taught creative writing to nursing home residents, immigrant children, high-school dropouts, and college students. She is mom to a toddler and living in Portland, Oregon.
Hinde Ena Burstin
Hinde Ena Burstin first learnt her politics in the egalitarian home and Bundist community in which she grew up in Melbourne, Australia. She has been a feminist and social justice activist since teenagehood, most recently resisting the right by teaching community organizing as well as Yiddish and Yiddish literature. She is an internationally published writer and an award-winning translator of Yiddish poetry. She is currently researching social issues and social action in Yiddish literature. She still believes that resisterhood is powerful. [End Page 163]
Dahlia Falah is a pen name, and the facts of her life are closely guarded by her publisher. Her first poems appeared in the late 1970s, her first book was published in 1997, and her second and most recent book (entitled 2003) was published by Am Oved Press in 2003.
Sarah Rose Horowitz
Sarah Rose Horowitz is a Special Educator, third wave feminist, and practicing Jewess living in San Francisco. She belongs to a Conservative shul with...